Back in April, Universal Pictures released a clip for the highly-anticipated Jurassic World, where Chris Pratt's Owen Grady is seen having a heated discussion with Bryce Dallas Howard's Claire Dearing about their past dating life. Shortly after the clip debuted, Avengers: Age of Ultron director Joss Whedon took to his Twitter account, which he has since deleted, calling the scene "70s-era sexist." The filmmaker later apologized for the tweet, but today Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow responded to Joss Whedon's comments, saying that he doesn't "totally disagree" with what he had to say.
"I wasn't bothered by what he said about the movie and, to be honest, I don't totally disagree with him. I wonder why [Universal] chose a clip like that, that shows an isolated situation within a movie that has an internal logic. That starts with characters that are almost archetypes, stereotypes that are deconstructed as the story progresses. The real protagonist of the movie is Claire and we embrace her femininity in the story's progression. There's no need for a female character that does things like a male character, that's not what makes interesting female characters in my view. Bryce and I have talked a lot about these concepts and aspects of his character."
"He's a hero, he's an amazing guy and a champion for women in this industry. Marketing for a film is tricky because you release stuff without context. Of course there was a part of me being such a fan of him that was like, 'Nooooo!' Especially because when you see the movie it's not at all like that, but we make movies and it's out there for public opinion and I hope he likes the movie!"
Not long after Avengers: Age of Ultron debuted in theaters last month, Joss Whedon deleted his Twitter account, stating that he wanted to find "a quiet place" so he could start writing his own material again, debunking rumors that criticisms over his sequel is what lead to him leaving the social networking platform. Colin Trevorrow also spoke out in defense of Joss Whedon, stating how upset he was seeing other people's reactions to his sequel.
"But I was upset about people's reaction to his film. Joss received an incredible amount of anger and vitriolic comments and he doesn't deserve that, because if there is someone who has always paid due respect to the women of his movies that guy is Joss. I think he should be the last person in Hollywood to be accused of sexism and if you've seen something like that in his last movie it's not his fault. We all know that Joss is too kind and polite to rise up and tell people to screw off, so I'll do it on his behalf!"
What do you think about Colin Trevorrow's comments? Are you surprised that he came to Joss Whedon's defense? Chime in with your thoughts and stay tuned for more on Jurassic World, arriving in theaters June 12.